Gene Simmons
Asshole


3.0
good

Review

by Fire Starter USER (2 Reviews)
October 8th, 2005 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Gene's first solo album away from KISS since 1977 is a very mixed bag. Some tracks are absolute killers, others are just awful.

1. SWEET AND DIRTY LOVE
Track 1 is a revamp of an unreleased song from the 70s and it sounds like it. That is not a criticism as it is a good song and a great pacy opener.
7/10

2. FIRESTARTER
A cover of the Prodigy hit. Very similar to the original, except without the annoying British accent and a fair bit heavier, less dance. I really like this song.
8/10

3. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Fast and heavy number that is a bit out of place with most of the other material on this album. Nonetheless, it adds to the diversity and is a solid number.
7/10

4. WAITING FOR THE MORNING LIGHT
A perfect example of why Gene should stay away from slow songs. He has never really done them well with KISS and this does nothing to improve that record. Skip to track 5 ASAP !
2/10

5. BEAUTIFUL
AAAARRGGHH !!!! It's getting worse ! Makes the previous song sound like a classic ! Absolutely dreadful ! SKIP !!!!
1/10

6. ASSHOLE
PHEW that's better. A catchy number that is reminiscent of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. Only the lame lyrics prevent it from scoring higher.
7/10

7. NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
We're back in the slow tempo garb again. This one is slightly more tolerable than the previous two, but still not that enjoyable.
4/10

8. WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON
One of the better songs on the record. Reminds me of Robbie Williams a little. Very cool lyrics and a catchy melody. Good effort.
8/10

9. DOG
My personal favorite song on the album. Once you hear this song you just can't get it out of your head. Sticks to your subconsience like gum on your shoe. An instant pop rock classic ! A-OOOH indeed !
9/10

10. BLACK TONGUE
A collaboration with the late Frank Zappa and it even features a few vocals from him. Heavier than most of the other music on the album, it kind of grinds along. Really like this one.
8/10

11. CARNIVAL OF SOULS
Obviously a leftover from KISS' COS album. Heaviest song on here, maybe with the exception of track 3. Good song, although not that well placed on the album.
7/10

12. IF I HAD A GUN
Another of Gene's mellow songs, although this one is different. It's actually really listenable and didn't make me lunge full tilt for the SKIP button on the CD player. The only good ballad on the whole record in my opinion.
7/10

13. 1,000 DREAMS
Another ghastly ballad to finish things off. A shame that somebody famous for being the "God Of Thunder" resorts to such meager offerings so often. I guess that's the whole purpose of doing a solo album.
3/10

So overall a solid effort from the Demon. Some real catchy pop rock stuff unfortunately drowned out by a few too many ordinary slow numbers. I like a good power ballad as much as the next guy, but the song has to be half decent. Some of these are woeful !

Gene has stated there will be a box set of 100 of his best demo's coming sometime in 2006. Let's hope it's full of the hard rock stuff and not too many "slowies" !!!!


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_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


i heard his version of firestarter and thought my life was no longer worth living

Jawaharal
October 8th 2005


1832 Comments


You could use more detail on your review

Neoteric
October 8th 2005


3243 Comments


Review is a bit bare but sigh....stick at it.

_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


i kno my reviews are short but thats taking a bit far

_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


he said IF i didnt kno

Senor_Whippy
October 8th 2005


367 Comments


Damn! reminds me I missed Rocl School last night

_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


same here dammit...... ahh. who cares the first one suked anyway

Neoteric
October 8th 2005


3243 Comments


If you are in the UK Whippy, he simply picked the drummer and guitarist. The girl got the guitar job and the Dudders dude got the drums.

Senor_Whippy
October 8th 2005


367 Comments


I'm still bummed because I missed it but at the end of the day it's only a cheap School Of Rock cash-in.This Message Edited On 10.08.05

_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


what album?

_unknownST
October 8th 2005


256 Comments


has anyone else heard Genes version of Firestarter

Thor
October 8th 2005


10202 Comments


Kiss sucks, Gene Simmons sucks. Period.

And your review wasn't that good, either.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

time33consume33me
October 9th 2005


16 Comments


btw on your comments of firestarter you mention a "british" accent, theres no such thing, i think you mean english accent, britain has 4 countrys dont forget scotland, irland and wales. damn that shit still pisses me off, britain isnt england

Fire Starter
October 10th 2005


3 Comments


OK so my review sucked !
It was my first try at it and I have since seen how things work on this site. Apologies for an ordinary effort.

But anyway, just wondering why some people would follow a link to an album by an artist that they can't stand ?!?! If I saw a link to a N'Sync (which I hate) album review I would steer well clear.

Just wonderin'....


_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


even if you dont like the person it could still be an amazin review

Neoteric
October 10th 2005


3243 Comments


I like Firestarter, it shows off his alter-ego like his "I am a rock god!" ego. Rock School is quite boring yet slightly amusing though.

rockfan123
April 19th 2008


344 Comments


this is a terrible album.

hauntedneden
May 14th 2008


78 Comments


I liked it.



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